Phenapa, Pheṇapa: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Phenapa (फेनप).—A gotra-maker of the Bhṛgu family. Phenapa is mentioned in the context of describing to Yudhiṣṭhira the greatness of cows. Phenapa’s original name was Sumitra. He lived on the shores of the river Kulajā in the mountain of Triśikhara drinking the foam of cow’s milk alone and thus getting for him the name Phenapa. (Phena = foam; Pā = drink). (Anuśāsana Parva, Mahābhārata)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Phenapa (फेनप).—A class of seers;1 Bhārgava-gotrakāras.2 Ba and Bha

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 43.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 195. 21.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pheṇapa (फेणप) or Phenapa (फेनप).—An ascetic living on fruits etc., fallen down automatically; वैखानसा वालखिल्यौदुम्बराः फेनपा वने (vaikhānasā vālakhilyaudumbarāḥ phenapā vane) Bhāgavata 3.12.43; फेनपानामृषीणां यो धर्मः (phenapānāmṛṣīṇāṃ yo dharmaḥ) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 13.141.96.

Derivable forms: pheṇapaḥ (फेणपः), phenapaḥ (फेनपः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Phenapa (फेनप).—[adjective] drinking foam.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Phenapa (फेनप):—[=phena-pa] [from phena] mfn. ‘foam-drinking’, feeding on foam, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] (feeding on fruits fallen from the trees, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa [Scholiast or Commentator]])

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Phenapa in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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